Good morning, Everyone.
I tackled a pretty significant climb on Saturday with a group of guys. I can tell the training is working great. I felt awesome on most of the climb and felt more fit than others I was riding with.
We got to a few pitches where the gradient was anywhere between 9 and 21%. In these areas, I had difficulty keeping my cadence up. I dropped into the high 30’s at times and probably didnt average better than 55 for those sections.
My question is whether this is normal for a rider of my size or whether I need to make a change in gearing or fitness.
I am: 197lbs (I’ve lost about 32 lbs but could stand to shed maybe 10 more)
Riding a: 50/34 with an 11-28 cassette
On a: Specialized Tarmac
FTP: 261 as of three weeks ago
Currently in: Sustained power build
I know I could get an 11-32 cassette and that would make it a bit easier. But would it it be a significant difference if I am still trying to haul 197lbs up hill? Is it just a matter of hardening up? Even at low cadence, I was still below FTP 90% of the time but, it felt like I just couldnt push any higher of a cadence on that grade.
Any wisdom you have would be appreciated.